January 18, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s No. 1 singles player Chris Porter (So., Canton, Ohio) upset second-seeded Mark Loughrin of Wisconsin in the quarterfinals before falling in straight sets to Purdue’s Jeff Marshall at the Big Ten Indoor Championship in Madison, Wis.

After breezing into the quarterfinals, the eleventh-seeded Porter faced a difficult task against the Loughrin, the No. 4 ranked player in the nation. But the Canton native was more than up to the task, easily defeating Loughrin, 6-4, 6-2.

Porter ran out of answers against the thirteenth-seeded Marshall, however. The Boilermakers’ star sophomore defeated Porter, 6-1, 6-2. Marshall kept his run going in the finals, steamrolling top-seeded Tom Chicoine of Minnesota, 7-6 (4), 6-1.

Porter was the only remaining Buckeye in the tournament.

Ohio State’s next action comes Saturday, January 23, when they take on Toledo at 10 a.m. and Murray State at 7 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Columbus Racquet Club on Bethel Road.


Chris Porter –

Seedings in parenthesis

1st round – def. Marc Dorfman, Penn State 6-4, 6-4 2nd round – def. Milan Rakvica, Indiana 7-5, 6-2 3rd round – def. Tyson Parry, Minnesota 6-4, 6-0 Quarterfinals – def. (2) Mark Loughrin, Wisconsin 6-4, 6-2 Semifinals – lost to (13) Jason Marshall, Purdue 6-1, 6-2